Accountant – Cape Town

Our client, based in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, is seeking an Accountant to join their team. The purpose of the role is to provide accurate cost & financial information, and appropriate guidance that will assist in managing the business planning and cost analysis processes for the respective business units. This entails data analysis, cost planning and forecasting, stakeholder engagement, formulating scenarios and reporting deliverables which provide comprehensive insight.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cost Accounting, Revenue and Budget Controls
  • Business support – Providing commercial and cost management support & guidance to the company’s business area and the following stakeholders: Facilities, Security, Information Management, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Environmental, Safety, Finance, and General Management.
  • Ensuring valid cost classification of non-chargeable costs.
  • Facilitating the planning process with respective budget holders, uploading and scrutinizing budget and forecast inputs aligned to scope requirements and management directives. Proposing cost-effective measures as necessary.
  • Analysing and providing commentary on variances between forecast, actuals & budget and making recommendations to management where necessary – aligned to internal reporting requirements to budget holders.
  • Reviewing the adequacy of cost drivers for shore-based areas aligned to the principles of Absorption Costing, proposing amendments where necessary, and uploading required changes.
  • Preparing cost reports and presentation content as required by the respective business areas and management team.
  • Reviewing final commercial cost close-out of the company repair costs in collaboration with business stakeholders and submitting accurate revenue billing requirements to Finance stakeholders timely.
  • Supporting scenario planning and financial modelling on an ad hoc basis, as and if required.
  • Maintaining the projects system for the company’s cost area whilst ensuring appropriate budget control measures are adhered to. This includes structure creation, funding management, and the settlement process. Ensuring appropriate management of costs in an SAP cost centre structure including maintaining SAP assessment cycles and running assessments monthly and for cost planning purposes. Assisting with SAP-related testing, as and when required.
  • Performing month-end procedures on SAP including running settlements, assessments, and journal postings for cost accruals and cost reallocations based on cost analysis performed.
  • Preparing South African & Namibian VAT return supporting schedules and payment documentation.
  • Obtaining timeous confirmation from business stakeholders for assets to be capitalised ensuring assets are accurately capitalised with appropriate useful lives and master data. Facilitating asset scrapping process with business stakeholders as required and ensuring assets are tagged timeously.
  • Weekly supplier payment proposal review and posting and ad hoc supplier posting of transactional documents parked by the creditors section, if required.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

  • BCom Accounting Degree with very good knowledge of cost accounting.
  • At least 3 years of appropriate experience in financial and cost accounting would be advantageous
  • Financial analysis aptitude and ability to provide quality recommendations and solutions.
  • Systems knowledge – Excel Advanced and SAP system would be advantageous.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to clearly convey information and innovative ideas to a diverse stakeholder community
  • Ability to swiftly build and maintain good rapport with stakeholders as this is primarily a business facing role.
  • Be able to work efficiently with unquestionable accuracy whilst ensuring that tight deadlines are met
  • Ability to work well under pressure with resilience during times of change.
  • Ability to work in a team and contribute to team success by actively participating as a member of the Finance team with care and trust to achieve team goals.
  • Analysis and logic, systematic and orderly planning, attention to detail.
  • Ability to think creatively and take an innovative and flexible approach to problem solving in a fast changing innovative driven company.
  • Self-starter who can work with minimum supervision and the ability to work independently
  • An incumbent who is passionate and energetic about supporting the business whilst ensuring adherence to sound financial controls. The incumbent must also be open to continuous on-the-job learning within a supportive team environment.
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